Last night the glitterati of the food industry—including D-Biggity, Dave Chang, Drew Nieporent, Nate Appleman, Jose Andres, and Michael Laiskonis—gathered in the Bon Appetit Supper Club pop up restaurant on 57th and 6th Avenue to celebrate the mag's new top ten list of culinary taste makers. Daniel Boulud, who won for making his footprint on the Bowery, announced that 1) the Thai sausages at DBGB are now made from a recipe from a Thai customer of his and 2) he wants to debut a new Korean sausage called Momofuckyou. Chef Jeremy Fox of San Francisco's Ubuntu gave a heart warming speech about saving the world one sustainable meal at a time, Christina Tosi won the pastry chef award for her work at Milk Bar, and at the end of the evening Roy Choi from the Kogi Truck stole the show by delivering a moving speech about the grassroots and guerrilla mentality of his taco truck operation.
He spoke of delivering cheap, healthy, sustainable fast food to kids and adults in underprivileged neighborhoods who from birth to death eat nothing but fast food. (Later Choi explained to Eater that what they do would be the equivalent of an NYC truck going into the South Bronx or Bed Stuy at midnight). He spoke of starting with $1,500 and a family of co-workers and growing it into a 53 person company. He got a standing ovation. Ten minutes later, reps from both the Today show and the Food Network were scheduling spots with Kogi.
But the Bon Ap pop up isn't just for the awards. While the upstairs dining room will be host to private events all week, the downstairs cafe is serving up lunches created by some of the world's most famous chefs from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. They won't be there cooking each dish, but there are some demos scheduled throughout the week.